Happiness

Find out everything there is to know about happiness and stay updated on the latest news with comprehensive articles, interactive features and pictures related to happiness at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these exhilarating emotion as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about happiness.
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Why We Shop 'Til We Drop (and Still Aren't Happy)
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April 2nd, 2014
People know that spending money on experiences will make them happier than buying things. But they still buy stuff, and new research suggests it's because they're focused on the mistaken idea that material goods have more monetary value.
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People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy
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February 24th, 2014
A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.
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Where Does Your City Rank for Well-Being? (List)
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March 25th, 2014
A new Gallup-Healthways survey ranks nearly 200 U.S. metro areas by their level of well-being in 2012 and 2013.
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Why Happiness Scares Us
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March 20th, 2014
Contrary to popular Western opinion, happiness is not an unmitigated good. Many cultures see happiness and joy as something to be avoided, recent research finds.
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The Happiest and Saddest States of 2013
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February 20th, 2014
Results from the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks states
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Happier People Keep Healthier as They Age
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January 20th, 2014
Being healthy can make a person happy, but happiness itself may also lead to better health, according to a new study.
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Top US Cities for Well-Being Revealed
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March 25th, 2014
Out of nearly 200 U.S. metro areas, Provo-Orem, Utah, is the country's top community for well-being, according to the results of a Gallup-Healthways survey conducted in 2012 and 2013.
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5 Weird Ways to Measure Happiness
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March 20th, 2014
Today (March 20) is the International Day of Happiness, a day of happiness celebration and awareness. But what does happiness mean? Read on for some of the stranger ways to measure happiness.
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Need a Happy Fix This Valentine's Day? Play Cupid
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February 13th, 2014
Playing the matchmaker gives people a happiness boost, especially if they get to introduce two people who are very different and yet get along. The study suggests that networking doesn't have to be a drag.
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